Bloated Ford, GM, Ram Towing Numbers Continue
GM continues to ignore the J2807 “truth in towing” standards when it released its 2013 Twins towing ratings. Ford and Ram still won’t comply either. When will the lies stop? It seems that the truth in towing numbers belong to Toyota.
With Ford, GM and Ram locked in what looks like an adolescent battle over fictitious towing numbers, Toyota continues to deliver what it promises the customer. For example, GM’s new towing rating of 11,500 pounds is at least 1k difference more than Toyota states. However, there isn’t THAT much difference between GM and Toyota’s gear ratio, max towing package and power/torque specs to dictate a 1k pound difference.
The truth is that when Toyota adopted the J2807 standards, it’s max towing dropped by 1k pounds or so. Over the past several years, Toyota has made improvements to the Tundra that raised the maximum towing numbers back up.
Another truthful statement, in regards to towing, is that last year GM announced new ratings based on the J2807 standards. Guess what? Their maximum towing rating on some of the biggest trucks dropped by 4,800 pounds. In response, GM quickly changed their tune and rescinded those numbers.
What’s the deal with the lies from GM, Ford and Ram? GM told Pickuptrucks.com on a conference call that:
GM did follow the J2807 towing standards in regard to performance and procedures but will not fully comply until the industry (meaning competitors) decides to follow the same guidelines. As stated earlier, GM does not want to put its customers in a situation where they need to figure out how to compare GM’s apples to the competition’s oranges. When all manufacturers use the same standard, so will GM. Unfortunately, Ford and Ram Truck could say the same thing.
Blah, blah, blah… It might be time for the often-criticized Federal Gov’t to step in and mandate a rating. The reality is that this issue is really becoming a safety issue with ill-informed consumers towing well beyond what the true towing capacity is on the light-duty, 1/2 pickups.
What do you think? Will we ever have truthful numbers from GM, Ford or Ram?
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